Speech Activities For Children – Some Important Tips
Many kids suffer from speech and language problems and find it difficult to pronounce, spell, or sound certain words, syllables, and alphabets. Speech Activities For Children encourage them to learn the sounds correctly without making it look like a tedious work. These fun games like I spy, memory and reciting list, tongue twisters, guess games, and silly songs are some of the most interesting speech activities for children to get over the problem.
Let Us Learn The Basic Rules Of These Fun Games To Make Learning More Entertaining:
Whatever strategies you use remember that children do not respond to forced teaching very well. Be patient, encouraging, and understanding while teaching them the correct sounds.
1. I Spy Game To Improve Language:
Identify what sounds your child is most uncomfortable pronouncing. And work out or design most of the games aiming those target syllables. In this game pick up objects that have the syllables your child has difficulty pronouncing with, and ask him or her to guess the object correctly, or to spy the object.
The basic line to be used in this game is “I spy, with my little eye, something that has color blue/ that is round in shape/ that starts with ‘P’ etc.” This activity is helpful:
- To Improve Listening Skills Of The Child:
Ask the child to guess the things properly if his receptive language is weak and you become the spy. “I spy, with my little eye, the thing with which we write”. The kid should search and bring a pen or a pencil from the room.
- To Improve Speaking Skills Of The Child:
In case the child has difficulty with his expressive language – has problem with his speech then ask him/her to become the spy and you become the person who guesses the things right. Use objects with target sounds, so that the kid gets used to pronounce it correctly over a period of time.
If you think he is not sounding the thing correctly then you can play a trick with him and pick a wrong object, correct him, and teach the correct expression.
- To Improve Phonetic Skills:
To improve the phonetic skills of your child, make the kid to guess the word and you spy the sound. “I spy, with my little eye, something that starts with A/B/C… “
- To Improve Vocabulary:
Create a list of words from your child’s syllabus or reading list and spy the words. Ask your child to guess them. “I spy, with my little eye, something that starts with or something that means…etc”
2. Tongue Twisters To Learn Correct Sounds:
The best thing about tongue twisters is that it is hard to learn and everyone makes mistakes in the beginning. When a child with speech problem starts learning this fun trick, he or she will not feel awkward and out of place if they too find it hard at first. With practice over a period of time expressive language skills will develop effectively.
- “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.” (You can use each line of this tongue twister on a chit of paper and ask the kid to pick one at a time and repeat it.)
- “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?”
These tongue twisters will help boost the confidence of the child, when the kid can say these phrases without any error and achieve the targeted sound. Use a stopwatch to increase the speed of articulation.
3. Create A Memory And Reciting List:
Make a list of things, people, and places with the target syllables and ask the child to remember and recite them. Add a new item to the list every time a sound it repeated. For example walk down the street or visit a zoo or any other fun place. And recollect things, items, people, places, animals, etc. and make a list. After each correct syllable add a new entry to the list. You recollect one thing, and next will be your child’s turn.
“I went to the zoo/street/park, and I saw an elephant/toy shop/flower etc.”
This activity will help improve vocabulary, articulation, memory, and pronouncing right syllables.
4. Silly Songs:
Make up silly songs, with the words that are difficult for the child with speech problems. Use a popular old, new, or favorite song or compose a new rhythm to make a song with the targeted words. Sing these silly songs repeatedly and see to it that the child pronounces each sound clearly, correctly, and does not skip them.
This activity helps with phonetic skills, memory, and pitch and volume control. It also helps improve the memory, helps control the volume while singing high and low pitches, it helps focus on alphabets, numbers, and categorization.
Songs that focus on alphabets more like ‘fffff…fairy…’, or any other target letter. Numbers song like ‘Six/sixth of a month I was born…” and category song like “in my room I have a bed, in my room…” here the category is room, but it can be a place or thing too.
5. Yes Or No Guess Games:
The basic principle of this game is to answer what a person is thinking about, by asking him/her maximum 20 questions.
Parent: “I am thinking about something”
Child: “Is it a thing?”
Child: (If the answer is no) “Is it a place?”
Child: “Is it a person?”
Child: “Does he/she live in this house” and so on.
This will improve concentration levels, attention, conversational, and observing skills. It also benefits the child in picking up the clues and trying to find the answer by posing relevant questions.
These are only a few of the many speech activities for children which will benefit them for life. You can also take help of a therapist or language specialist to improve your child’s performance.